Bible and Theology


Are you interested in preparing for full time Christian ministry? Do you want to gain a thorough understanding of the Bible and its doctrines in order to serve effectively in your local church? Are you seeking a strong foundation in your knowledge and understanding of the Bible and the Christian faith before you enter the workforce or pursue further studies? If you decide to study the Bible at Emmaus Bible College, you will be making an investment that will pay long term dividends!

The mission statement of the Emmaus Bible & Theology department is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of and reverence for the Scriptures, an understanding of the major Christian doctrines, and an ability to incarnate biblical truth in their lives.

The Biblical Studies programs aim to impart knowledge of the Bible, understanding of theology, and skill in handling God's word. Respect for the authority of God's Word and an emphasis on godliness by being conformed to the image of Christ are hallmarks of the programs at Emmaus. Depending on your interest, there is opportunity to advance in any of the areas of the program as featured in the tracks available for the Biblical Studies degree. Training in expository preaching as well as thorough instruction in both biblical Greek and Hebrew are available as part of the major or as a minor. Additionally, you are encouraged to apply for the Bible Department Legacy Scholarship which is available to students who wish to major in Biblical Studies and intend to go into ministry in one form or another.

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Why Emmaus?

Confidence in Scripture and commitment to godliness are values imparted by the training at Emmaus. Depending on individual interest, a student in the Biblical Studies degree program may choose a track in English Bible, Theology, Ministry, Old Testament, New Testament, or Biblical Exegesis. Those who want to enter the Christian ministry with a bachelor's degree will find a well-focused training to that end. The undergraduate preparation provides advanced standing for those who wish to go on to seminary with the goal of ministry. The curriculum also caters to the training of those whose interest and aptitude is more toward academic work whether the goal is eventual specialization in Old Testament, New Testament or Theology. A hallmark of the program is the training to handle the Bible well as an interpreter, irrespective of whether the student chooses to study the original languages or stays with the English Bible. The student will find plenty of opportunity for one-on-one interaction with the faculty who are committed to mentoring students.

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Bible & Theology Graduates

Featured Bible Courses

Introduction to Biblical Interpretation
This praxis oriented course introduces the student to the basic issues and methodology involved in interpreting and applying any text. It addresses broad questions such as the nature, goal, and validity of interpretation and application alongside the specifics of dealing with language, grammar, and contexts.

Doctrine of the Messiah
This course traces the divine promises and covenants in the Old Testament underlying the idea of the Messiah, the development of the concept in the progress of revelation, and their correlation with the New Testament. Special attention will be given to the Davidic covenant and its elaboration in the Psalms and the prophets.

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The Bible & Theology department at Emmaus can prepare you for a variety of jobs in ministry in the local church and para-church ministries or general secular employment where critical thinking abilities are required. The B.S. in Biblical Studies can also prepare you for graduate/professional study leading to careers in academia or specialized professions. Some areas in which our Bible & Theology graduates have worked are:

  • Pastoral work
  • Christian camping
  • Missions
  • A wide range of ministry work
  • Business
  • Public sector
  • IT


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